The life of Jesus

Introduction

The reason for writing this essay is to show the themes and focuses of the four canonical gospels how they relate to the life of Jesus.

The expression "Synoptic Gospels" is a term assign to the gospel of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This is because they depict the ministry of Jesus from actually the same point of view, which is quit different from John's gospel "Synoptic Gospels" means similarly outlook.

Jesus Christ is the Savoir, and founder of the Christians church. To us as Believers he is our Messiah, and the Lord of our lives. Jesus is the most remarkable, thrilling in history. Even though, he only lived on earth for 33 years, yet, he had the greatest effect more than any person who ever lived, even to those who denied that he is the Son of God. The scriptures give us an account of Jesus in details, in his life, ministry and his teachings. In the four books called the gospel, each of them was written with a distinctive purpose. For instance, Matthew, he represents Jesus as the king of the Jewish people. While Mark focuses more on Jesus as the servant of all people. Luke presents Jesus to show his amazing compassion for the poor. Finally, John conveys his love relationship with Jesus. Each writer wrote about Jesus for a different reason. They arranged the events of Jesus life slightly different. A picture of the same, but the four writing from a different stance, yet deriving at a common point of view. Yet all of the Gospels are in an agreement with one thing, that Jesus is the Lord of lords, and the King of all kings.

Matthew

He wrote his gospel to a community of Jewish Christian, located possible, in the "center such as Antioch."[1] The Jewish Christian community was surrounded and bombarded by Jews who were very hostile to the claim of Jesus and the Christian community. As a result, he wrote as Jews to Jews, regarding Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew charged to them, the Old Testament had reached its intended goal. And that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel's prospect.

In his opening chapter Matthew recognized Jesus as the Son of David, the son of Abraham (1:1) without a doubt, God with us (vv23). In the later chapters he exposed Jesus as the Son of Man and also the suffering servant in (Isaiah 53). Matthew "introduced Jesus as King of the Jews, heir to David's throne, acclaimed as such by Gentiles and anointed by God. The charge inscribed over Jesus head on the cross. This is the King of the Jews (27:37), he wants show that it was not a false claim, but a well attested fact.

However, in the body of the Gospel the role in which Jesus is chiefly presented is that of a teacher. It is his teaching that constitutes the most prominent feature of this Gospel."[2] All the way through the book (Mt. 1:22-27) he showed the proceedings of Jesus life as a symbol to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. He came to offer salvation for Israel's sin (1:21). Nonetheless, the Jews have abandoned him as their Messiah, and have now found themselves in the midst of a dangerous position (11:20-24; 21:33-46). The rejection of Israel toward Jesus was the failure of the Jewish religious leaders to train the people for his coming. "In the strongest language Matthew denounces the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. How they have forsaken the word of God in favor of their own traditions (15)."[3]

Mark

Which is consider to be the second book of the New Testament possible it was written by John Mark of Jerusalem around AD "60-68" Referring to Donald H Juel he writes, the question may seem both too simple and too large. But the Gospel of Mark is all about Jesus, and it would seem obvious who he was writing to."[4]

Without delay after his opening (1:1-13) which he expressed John the Baptist ministry, as well as Jesus baptism and his temptations in the wilderness? Mark opens the body of the text with two statement (vv14-15) in these two verses he seem to suggest that Jesus public ministry was portrayed by the declaration that the kingdom of God is about to come was a circumstance of John's imprisonment. Which is followed by the called of the first disciple (vv 16-20), and then he tells of a variety of stories, which happen in Capernaum (vv21-28).

Mark intended to leave those that read his Gospel with the same sense of fearfulness that Jesus disciples experienced at His resurrection. But how does one account for this fear and bewilderment. Mark's response is that Jesus, although, he is truly a man, yet, he is also divine. "While Mark's Gospel exhibits the humanity of Jesus Christ (1:41;3:5;8:12;10:14), his chief emphasis is on the Lord's deity. Indeed, Mark introduces his book by referring to Jesus as the Son of God."[5]

Luke

Which is the third of the NT, also the third of the synoptic Gospels? Luke begins the Gospels with a formal prologue. He sorts to write in orderly manner. He did so in order to establish the history of faith and to give his reader a variety. Unlike the other Gospels, Luke took a keen interest in record historical events such as the nativity and childhood of Jesus (1-2) description. He counted 10 episodes in all, the announcement of John the Baptist birth as Jesus forerunner; Jesus birth to Mary; the visit of Mary to Elizabeth; the birth of John the Baptist, and the time he spent in the wilderness; the birth of Jesus and the shepherds visit; the time Jesus was circumcised, and his parents presented him to the priest in the temple, also when he visited the temple as a youth. He introduced the working of the Holy Spirit into the life and ministry of Jesus. How Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Lk.1:35); when the Holy Spirit descended upon him when he was baptized (3:22); he was led into the desert by the Spirit to be tempted (4:2); the spirit anointed him for his ministry (4:18). "The significance of the Virgin Birth is deep. God thus demonstrated a connection with mankind, that the Messiah was one with men he came to save but was unique in His heavenly origin."[6] Luke's Gospel points to Jesus as the Christ. For both Jews and Gentiles. It emphasizes the joy and the publication of the Gospel.

John

"written in a simple style and exhibits a theological profundity beyond that of the synoptic,"[7] we read, and Jesus did many signs that he had not recorded, "but these are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Messiah the Son of God, and that by believing in him you might have life"[8] (John 20:31) John was writing to show that Jesus is the Messiah. But he did not do this simple with a view of transmission of interesting information. But he wanted those who reader his Gospel to see this as an information of faith; when they believer they will have life.

John sole purpose was to bring men and women to Christ he has an evangelistic goal; he knew how important it is for the believers to have the right knowledge of Jesus when they believed in him. "The purpose of the Gospel is similar to that of any Gospel. It is to present a selection of the deeds of Jesus in such a way that people will come to put their faith in Him as the Son of God and find eternal life, and that those who have done so will be built up in the faith. The Gospel may have been written in the first place for Greek-speaking Jews who lived outside Palestine, but its message has gone home to men of every race in every age."[9]

The main teaching of this Gospel is that God has sent his Messiah, Jesus. He is the very Son of God, and he came to bring life (John 3:16). John clearly wrote that Jesus was God's chosen son. Again and again he depicted Jesus as executing his expectation (4:25, 26). Also chapter 6 we see Jesus as the bread came down from heaven, fulfilling the promise, in (9:39) "Yeshua said it is to judge that I came into this world, so that those who do not see might see,"[10] and in (Is.35:5) we see another fulfillment. John's instruction is that Jesus was dependant upon the father for absolutely everything. He said without the father Jesus spoke I cannot do nothing (John 5:30). My very food is to do my father's will (John 4:34). I live through my father (6:57). It is my father that bears witness to me (5:32,37). John is adamant that Jesus was not independent of the father, but accomplished the purpose of the father.

Conclusion

The Bible is a book of Good News, especially for us as believers; and the Good News is that Jesus came into the world. He brought a message of hope to all people. Then He died on the cross to saves us from all our sins. As a matter of fact, the word gospel is an "old English word that means "glad tidings" or good news."[11]

Bibliography

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  • Bruce, F.F. Understanding the New Testament, Matthew, Published in daily Bible Commentary, Published in Great Britain by Scripture Union, 1974, 5
  • Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament, Zondervan Publishing House Grand Rapids MI 49530, U.S.A, 1994, 252
  • Juel, Donald H. The Gospel of Mark, Interpreting Biblical Text, Abingdon Press Nashville, 1999, 87
  • Nixon, R.E. Understanding the New Testament, John Published in daily Commentary vol.3 1968, 3 published in Great Britain by Scripture Union
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  2. Bruce, F.F. Understanding the New Testament, Matthew, Published in daily Bible Commentary, Published in Great Britain by Scripture Union, 1974, 5
  3. Beers, Ronald A., Petersen, Ken., Saba, Nelson. Illumina, Bible Encyclopedia:
  4. Donald H, Juel. The Gospel of Mark, Interpreting Biblical Text Abingdon Press Nashville, 1999, 87
  5. Beers, Ronald A., Petersen, Ken., Saba, Nelson. Illumina, Bible Encyclopedia
  6. E.M. Blaiklock. Understanding the New Testament, Luke Published in daily Commentary vol.3 1974, 4 Published in Great Britain by Scripture Union
  7. Robert H.Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament, Zondervan Publishing House Grand Rapids MI 49530, U.S.A, 1994, 252
  8. The New Hendrickson Parallel Bible, New Living Translation Tyndale House Press 2008
  9. R.E, Nixon. Understanding the New Testament, John Published in daily Commentary vol.3 1968, 3 Published in Great Britain by Scripture Union
  10. The Complete Jewish Bible Study Light.org (Messianic Jewish Publishers, 2005
  11. Beers, Ronald A., Petersen, Ken., Saba, Nelson. Illumina, Bible Encyclopedia:

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